Power Rankings: Top 10 teams in Europe (10)

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3. Arsenal

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The Gunners are well on their way to breaking an eight-year trophy drought, quickly establishing themselves as perennial Premier League and Champions League contenders in the coming years.

Mathieu Flamini has brought a defensive reassurance unseen in Arsenal’s midfield since the days of… well… Mathieu Flamini.

Olivier Giroud has rediscovered his Montpellier form, in which he produced a 21-goal haul to reward his club with their first ever league title. Aaron Ramsey has silenced his many critics, rewarding his manager’s faith and securing the September Player of the Month award.

Mesut Özil’s transfer has not only added a genuinely world-class player in the squad, not only has it filled a gaping hole left by Cesc Fabregas, but his arrival has spurred confidence aplenty in his teammates who’ve all in turn lifted their performance levels considerably.

And he hasn’t even played with Santi Cazorla yet.

Arsenal’s marquee transfer has coincided with a period of time in which Arsenal won 10 games in a row, before dropping points in a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich last week.

However, the minor error came after a 2-0 victory in which Napoli were dispatched handily. Arsenal did not beat the Champions League dark horses, so much as comprehensively and convincingly shut them down, keeping their formidable opponents to only one tame shot on target by Dries Mertens.

It is pertinent that the team does not become complacent and rest on their laurels, as they face a crucial two months in which they play Dortmund, then Chelsea, Liverpool, Dortmund again, Manchester United, Southampton (4th in BPL) and Marseille in succession.

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